Last December, GloveTacts sent me a set of their stick-on conductive pads that enable mobile device use with your full finger gloves. The short of it: they’re durable, and they work as advertised.
I have about a zillion pair of long finger cycling gloves, all purchased before the market success of touchscreen technology on phones and tablets. I could buy another set of touchscreen-capable gloves starting at around $25, but I love the idea that these GloveTacts allow me to use my existing gloves.
As you can see in the video, you get a set of two conductive sticky pads to apply to the tip of your index finger and thumb of your full finger gloves. The adhesive is super sticky, and after application no special treatment is required. Just ensure the fabric is clean — if you start with a filthy glove, the adhesive may not stick as well.
GloveTacts says their pads stick to almost all glove facbrics, including cotton, wool, leather, man-made leather, synthetics, lycra and most man made fibers. The only difficulty, they say, are gloves with silicone surfaces. GloveTacts also claims their product works when wet; I don’t have a waterproof phone so I haven’t tested this claim.
The gloves shown in the video have been laundered several times since I installed them, exposed to rain and grit, and left soaking for a full day in my office bike locker after the morning commute. The sticky pads still work and they’re still firmly attached to the tips of my gloves. The designers have clearly done their homework, and I’m impressed with this product. Here’s how the gloves look as of this morning: note the black pads on the index and thumb:
Learn more and buy at GloveTacts.